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Why Ennis?

Ennis has significant advantages and strengths in terms of assets and capacity, differentiating itself in the national context from other county towns and urban areas.

Ennis' strategic location less than 15 minutes to Shannon International Airport and proximate to Shannon Foynes Port make it an attractive destination for enterprise development. Offering a highly skilled English-speaking workforce and a gateway to Europe and the Global market, in a post-Brexit environment, Ennis is uniquely positioned to support and enable sustainable growth for local and international businesses. This coupled with its excellent quality of life proposition along the Wild Atlantic Way, its positioning between two cities, and access to exceptional schools and higher education institutes make Ennis a great place to live, work, visit and invest. The Ennis 2040 Economic and Spatial Strategy seeks to safeguard, invest in and maximize these assets that are critical for the future growth of Ennis and County Clare, and to its role as a key regional economic driver in the Mid-West of Ireland. 

Live and Work

Ennis as a place benefits from a range of assets from its strategic location between two cities, low cost of living, ease of accessibility to third level institutes and indigenous and multinational employment opportunities to its unique town centre streetscape, quality of life and position within the picturesque County Clare. As a location to live and work, it offers the perfect balance of urban lifestyle with easy access to Ireland's coastline beaches, blueways, walkways and recreational activities for everyone. 



Ennis and Clare is home to many indigenous and large-scale multinationals across a range of sectors including aviation, engineering, pharmaceuticals, medical-devices, financial services and technology amongst others. Given its location between two cities and proximate to Shannon Airport and Shannon Foynes Port, Ennis is strategically located to support business with a focus on innovation, widening economic sectors, export diversification and looking to access to new markets. It also benefits from its location along the Atlantic Economic Corridor and from a skilled workforce with a strong connection to international business, higher level education providers and research facilities. 


Ennis is not only renowned for its unique medieval streetscape, its reputation as a boutique capital and traditional music heritage, it also offers visitors the perfect base to explore the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland's Hidden Heartlands.

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Page last reviewed: 20/10/21

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